JoJo’s Perch – Traveling with your pet

It is officially summer time! Warm days, no school, and pool parties: the official mantra of summer. Summer also brings road trips. Long car rides for our humans to visit other humans, bad-for-you car snacks, and exciting stories from the road. But what about you, the faithful family pet? Where’s your summer vacation?

There are a lot of options when it comes to seeing to your care while the family is traveling. Most of them boil down to three choices: boarding, sitting, or going. Or as I call them: the three -ings of summer.

Boarding – boarding at a kennel can be a little sad at first. The family gets to go on a trip and you’re not invited. But once you realize that there are new animals to meet and new humans to beg treats from, it gets a whole lot more fun. Remember to have your humans take a tour of the kennel and ask all the important questions: Are there walks and playtime? What vaccines and health checks are required to stay? Can you bring your favorite toys and bedding? To make your stay the best that it can be, bring you own food to avoid getting an upset stomach caused by a sudden change in food. Make sure that your human carefully measures out the food that will be going with you to ensure that you have enough. Also, make sure to help your human by quickly picking up any food that they drop while they are measuring it out.

Sitting – Sometimes a kennel just isn’t going to work for you or your human. There truly is no place like home. In that case the best choice is a house/pet sitter. You do have to let strangers in your house but at least you get to sleep in your own bed and keep your usual routes for your afternoon walks. Again, your human should have all of your food set up for you and have instructions ready for the sitter. It’s best to meet your sitter beforehand too, make sure that you like them too.

Going – This one is my personal favorite – going with your humans on their travels. There’s nothing like the thrill of the open road. Just make sure that your humans plan accordingly when they are taking you with them. Nothing worse than getting to your destination and finding out that your host is allergic to you or that the hotel doesn’t take guests with more than two legs. Since traveling and staying in a new place every night can be a little scary, make sure that you have a secure place (like a crate or a carrier) to sleep in. My human has found it to be a good place to keep all of my toys too; otherwise I like to spread them around the room.

Whether you’re boarding, sitting, or going make sure that you and your human are prepared. Make sure to have plenty of food and meds ready for the trip, plus toys and treats for long car rides. Spill proof water bowls are great for long trips. Make sure that you are protected with any vaccines that you might need and to take a copy of your vaccine information (especially Rabies for all my mammalian friends out there) and the contact information for the veterinarian that gave the vaccines in case anyone has any questions. Just contact Santa Rosa Veterinary Hospital for vaccine recommendations and the latest copy of your vaccines.

Happy Travels!

About me…

I’m a 24 year old Senegal parrot. As with any creature as small as I am, I have a big attitude and know how to get what I want. I share my home with my human servant Megan and her Australian Shepherds, whom I torment to my heart’s content. Coming from a rescue, my history is a little bit of a mystery. My early life has caused me to be a picker, but it doesn’t matter too much – I know I’m gorgeous!

Have a question for me? You can contact me through my secretary, Megan at or you can call one of my staff members at your friendly Veterinary Hospital – the Santa Rosa Veterinary Hospital.